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Strategic Digital Services garners national attention

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A Florida digital firm is getting national recognition as one of the best in political communications. Strategic Digital Services (SDS), is receiving notice for exceptional client work in 2016, with three projects among the finalists for the 2017 Reed Awards. SDS, based in Tallahassee, specializes in data analysis, digital media, and software development for a range of political campaigns and causes. Campaigns & Elections magazine produces the annual Reed Awards and Conference. The magazine is a pre-eminent resource offering tools, tactics and techniques…

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – the legislative merry-go-round. Off: Mia Simon is no longer a legislative assistant for Fort Myers Republican state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto. On: Dane Bennett is now Benacquisto’s new legislative assistant. Off: Cameron Pennant is no longer a district secretary for Naples Republican Rep. Matt Hudson. Off: Collin Kenline is no longer a district secretary for Tallahassee state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda. On: Carlecia Collins is a new Tallahassee office legislative assistant…

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Negative ad blitz sank Matt Hudson in Senate District 28

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A barrage of negative advertising was likely a key contributor to Rep. Matt Hudson’s defeat in Senate District 28. A Naples Republican and longtime state legislator, Hudson entered the race to replace Sen. Garrett Richter with a massive fundraising lead. Ultimately, he raised nearly $1.5 million between his official campaign account and political committee. But the war chest wasn’t enough to beat back the effects of a negative ad blitz, funded largely by groups with ties to the Florida Medical…

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Endorsement Watch: Florida Medical Association, Florida Retail Federation, SEIU Florida and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Retail Federation, and the Service Employees International Union Florida — issued endorsements. — Rebecca Negron has received the backing of James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk. “It is my pleasure to be among the many solid conservatives who are supporting Rebecca Negron’s…

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Endorsement Watch: National Right to Life, the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Retail Federation and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — National Right to Life, the Florida Medical Association, and the Florida Retail Federation — issued endorsements. — Local law enforcement officials have thrown their support behind Neal Dunn in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. The Dunn campaign announced the support of Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford; former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner, former Bay…

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Utilities, trial lawyers give big in recent reporting period

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Florida candidates and committees collected more than $10.5 million in contributions for the July 30 through Aug. 5 reporting period, though a lot of that money can be tagged to a handful of players. More than a quarter of that total came from utility companies pumping money into Consumers for Smart Solar, the committee backing the solar initiative on the November ballot. Duke Energy led the cadre of power companies with a $1.5 million check to Smart Solar, with FPL,…

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Endorsement Watch: Fraternal Order of Police, Republican Liberty Caucus, Florida Pharmacy Association, and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — including the Laborers’ International Union of North America, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Florida Professional Firefighters — issued endorsements. — The Florida State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Rebecca Negron in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. “Rebecca Negron has served the citizens of her community and will be a much-needed voice…

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